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South Africa’s Springboks continue their preparations for the Rugby World Cup with a match at home against Argentina who they beat last weekend in Salta.

The Springboks have won their last three matches at home against Argentina’s Pumas, who have not won on SA soil since 2015 in Durban.

  • South Africa are the current Rugby Championship holders, winning the tournament for the first time since the 2009 Tri-Nations.
  • Rassie Erasmus’ men thrashed Argentina 46-13 in Salta last weekend, bringing an end to their trophy drought.
  • Argentina did not win a match during the Rugby Championship, losing all three fixtures despite playing twice in South America.
  • The two countries have met only once at Loftus Versfeld when the Boks beat Los Pumas 13-6 in 2014.
  • Marcell Coetzee and Lodewyk de Jager played for the Springboks that day and Joaquín Tuculet (on debut), Pablo Matera, Matías Alemanno (on debut) and Tomás Lavanini, played for the Pumas.
  • Los Pumas have two new caps in Lucas Mensa and Santiago Carreras, who will make their debut in the Republic.
  • Schalk Brits will become the oldest man to make his first Springbok captain’s appearance in a Test.
  • Brits will be 38 years, two months and 24 days old, and he will become the oldest debut captain, passing Boy Morkel’s mark set in 1921.
  • It is the 30th fixture between these two sides; South Africa have won 25, lost four and drawn once.
  • Argentina has played 12 Tests in South Africa, but have only won once.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

The anthems are done and dusted, time for some rugby!

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Pretoria at Loftus Versfeld, one of the strongholds in the rugby-mad country that is South Africa.

2.00: Siya Kolisi makes a mini-break, but he can’t get his offload to a team-mate, passing the ball into touch. The Boks win a scrum from the resulting lineout.

3.00: Thomas du Toit collapses the scrum and is immediately penalised by referee Luke Pearce.

4.00: Mr Pearce pings Marcos Kremer for coming in from the side of the ruck. Dillyn Leyds, playing wing, took the high-ball and looked solid doing it, too.

5.00: South Africa are getting over the advantage line with their big ball carriers. They have a long advantage for offsides, but the move stalls. The ball is kicked to the corner.

6.00: Lodewyk de Jager knocks on, killing the attack. Joaquín Díaz Bonilla clears the danger, but only just past the Pumas’ 22.

8.00: Javier Ortega Desio goes off his feet and concedes the penalty. Schalk Brits opt for another lineout-drive.

9.00: Tomás Lavanini might be in trouble for a ‘chop-tackle’ on De Jager.

10.00: Lavanini is very fortunate; his dangerous tackle is often a card, these days; however, the ref could not get any images and relied on his TMO to make the call. Poor from Simon McDowell.

11.00: A kicking battle ensues, one which Argentina wins because Elton Jantjies loses field position with a poor clearance to halfway.

12.00: Marcell Coetzee wins a penalty at the breakdown.

16.00: The game has slowed. Substitutes are coming on, and the scrums are struggling to stay up.

17.00: Díaz Bonilla and Lavanini make a hash of an attack; Boks have the scrum on halfway.

19.00: Guido Petti comes into the ruck from the side and gets pinged. Brits, finally, opt for the poles.

20.00: PENALTY! Jantjies puts the Boks on the board. 3-0

23.00: Los Pumas are enjoying some possession, but they are being hit backwards at the advantage line.

26.00: Kwagga Smith, on for Marcell Coetzee, who failed an HIA, concedes a penalty. The Pumas will take a shot at goal.

27.00: PENALTY! Joaquín Díaz Bonilla LEVELS! 3-3

29.00: We have reached the half-hour mark of what is a dull Test match. The game has become stop-start.

30.00: Lavanini pulls the maul down after jumping over the top of the set-piece. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

31.00: TRY! Sibusiso Nkosi burst down the sideline, cuts inside a defender, and bounced two as he crashes over for his sixth Test try. Jantjies’ skip-pass to fullback Warrick Gelant opened up space. Gelant’s angled run gave Nkosi the space to get on the outside of his opposite number. 8-3

33.00: MISS! The conversion attempt is wide. 8-3

35.00: Vincent Koch is in front of the kicker, and he is caught by the ref and pinged.

37.00: Jesse Kriel wins a crucial turnover inside his 22, allowing South Africa to clear the danger.

39.00: Scrum in midfield.

41.00: TRY! Petti levels after intercepting a stray pass and races away to score next to the posts. It is the forward’s third Test try. 8-8

42.00: CONVERSION! Díaz Bonilla puts the visitors ahead. 8-10

The halftime score was South Africa 8 Argentina 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Loftus.

42.00: Argentina wins an early second-half penalty and will take a shot.

43.00: MISS! Díaz Bonilla pushes his kick well wide of the right-hand post. 8-10

46.00: South Africa is struggling to get a hold on the game.

47.00: Cancelliere is down after being run over by De Jager and he is being checked by the medics.

48.00: TRY! Nkosi at the DOUBLE! It is a sensational finish by the winger. He rounded and bounced three defenders before swallow-diving through a last-ditch tackle to dot down in the corner. WOW! 13-10

50.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies slots the touchline kick. 15-10

53.00: Kolisi leaves the field to a rousing ovation from the Loftus faithful.

55.00: Frans Steyn, the enigma, comes on for his 60th Test cap, which is insane. He has hardly played Test rugby, this decade. Should have had a century by now.

57.00: PENALTY! Benjamin Urdapilleta reduces the deficit. 15-13

58.00: Urdapilleta gave away a penalty at the ruck and Jantjies pointed to the posts.

59.00: PENALTY! Jantjies cancels out Benjamin Urdapilleta’s three-pointer. 18-13

62.00: The Boks win an important turnover inside their 22, allowing themselves a reprieve. The game is getting messy as we enter the last quarter.

63.00: The Highveld’s altitude is starting to take effect on the South Americans.

64.00: Reinach is lucky to not concede a penalty try; however, the Pumas are awarded a penalty and kick to the corner.

65.00: TRY! Pablo Matera runs over Frans Steyn to level the Test. 18-18

66.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 18-18

68.00: South Africa win a penalty; Jantjies will take a shot from distance.

69.00: PENALTY! Janjies splits the uprights. Boks lead again! 21-18

71.00: Siyabonga Ntubeni runs onto the field for his Springboks debut. Well Done!

74.00: Time is winding down, but it’s the hosts who look tired, not the visitors.

77.00: NO TRY! Lucas Mensa thinks he’s scored on debut, but Jerónimo de la Fuente obstructs Koch from making a tackle, which chalks Mensa’s score. 21-18

78.00: PENALTY! Jantjies extends the lead. 24-18

80.00: Argentina is looking for one last hooray. They are bashing away at the Boks’ defence, but cannot get an opening.

81.00: The hooter goes, the ball is cleared into touch and the Boks win a hard-fought victory in Pretoria. Rassie Erasmus’ men stay unbeaten this Test season and go into the World Cup on a high. Argentina, however, has not won a Test.

FULL TIME

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The final score is South Africa 24 (8) Argentina 18 (10)

Scorers

South Africa
Tries – Nkosi (2)
Pen – Jantjies (4)
Con – Jantjies
Drop –
Cards –

Argentina
Tries – Petti, Matera
Pen – Díaz Bonilla, Urdapilleta
Con – Díaz Bonilla
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)

Teams

South Africa

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.

Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni (debut), 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Marco van Staden, 22 Francois de Klerk, 23 Frans Steyn.

Argentina

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Sebastián Cancelliere, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Lucas Mensa (debut), 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.

Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Santiago Carreras (debut).

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